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Hathras case: Victim’s family, witnesses given protection, UP govt tells SC

In an affidavit, the UP government urged the Supreme Court to direct the agency to submit fortnightly status reports to the state.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2020 1:31:56 am
Hathras rape case, Hathras news, Hathras protests, hathras gangrape, hathras dalit rape, hathras thakur, hathras yogi adityanath, hathras uttar pradesh, up rape case, indian expressSecurity has been beefed up in Hathras village. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna/File)

The Uttar Pradesh government Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it has deployed adequate protection for the family of the victim and witnesses in the Hathras case. It also requested the top court to monitor the CBI probe into the 19-year-old Dalit woman’s alleged gangrape and brutalisation, leading to her death.

In an affidavit, the UP government urged the Supreme Court to direct the agency to submit fortnightly status reports to the state.

“That the Government of Uttar Pradesh is committed to provide complete security to the victim’s family and the witnesses to ensure free and fair investigation…. The State Govt. further requests that this Hon’ble Court may direct CBI to submit fortnightly status reports on the investigation to the State Government which can be filed by the DGP, U.P. In the Supreme Court,” the affidavit stated.

On October 6, a beach headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde had asked the UP government if security as well as legal representation had been provided to the witnesses and the victim’s family.

The state’s additional affidavit, filed in response to this, said a three-fold mechanism—comprising five armed constabulary personnel, civil police including a guard and gunners, and CCTV cameras and lights—has been put in place at the victim’s house.

The inspector in-charge of the relevant police station has been made responsible for the arrangements. “He shall supervise the Police Force and oversee the security arrangement on a daily basis,” the affidavit said.

“The Circle Officer… is to ensure robust security arrangement by holding regular clear briefings of the police force and in addition, he shall also inform the family members about the security arrangements provided to them,” the affidavit added. It also pointed out that women guards had been deployed for the protection of the female members of the family.

“Further, to deal with any emergency situation, an appropriate Q.R.T (Quick Reaction Team)” has been deployed, the state said.

It said that victim’s brother has informed the police in writing that the family has engaged private advocates. “However, they have requested that the government advocate should also pursue the case on their behalf,” it said.

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